Star Spangled Snacks


These Fourth of July-themed snacks are sure to have you seeing fireworks before the show even starts! 

Star Lit Skewers

Ingredients

*1 watermelon

*1 pkg. blueberries

*1 pkg. skewers

*1 star shaped cookie cutter

Directions

  1. Cut watermelon vertically into 1 inch slices. 
  2. Use star shaped cookie cutters to cut watermelon slices.
  3. Thread blueberries onto the skewers, topping each one with the watermelon star.
  4. Chill and serve.

*Feel free to use any combination of fruits you like. You can even add marshmallows!

Patriotic Pretzels

Ingredients

*1 pkg pretzel rods

*1 pkg. red candy melts

*1 pkg. blue candy melts

*1 pkg. white candy melts

*1 pkg. star sprinkles

Directions

  1. Melt each color of candy melts until liquid.
  2. Dip pretzel rods into melted candy and let sit until hardened.
  3. Drizzle the remaining colors onto the cooled rods and add sprinkles to make more fun.

Fourth of July Jello “Firecrackers

Ingredients

*3 oz. pkg. blue Jello

*1 pkg. Cool Whip

*3 oz. pkg. red Jello

* 1 jar stemmed maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Follow the directions on the blue jello package and divide them evenly amongst serving cups. Chill until hard.
  2. Add a layer of cool whip on top of the blue jello. Cool until hard.
  3. Follow the directions on the red jello package and pour on top of the layer of Cool Whip.
  4. Top with a cherry and chill until hard.

Red, White and Blue Donuts

Ingredients

*1 dozen donuts

*1 pkg. red candy melts

*1 pkg. blue candy melts

*1 pkg. white candy melts

*1 pkg. patriotic sprinkles

Directions

  1. Heat each package of candy melts until liquid.
  2. Drizzle the donuts with the desired colors, add sprinkles immediately.
  3. Cool until hard and serve.

Delightful Dog Treats to Make at Home


A patient dog with a dog treat balancing on his nose

 

Home is where the heart is, and for many of us, our hearts are also shared with our furry best friends.

 

Making dog treats at home is a great way to reward your dog and keep an eye on what he or she eats. Here are some quick and easy recipes that make safe snacks for your pooch.

 

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Dog Biscuits

*2½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
*1 teaspoon salt (or less)
*1 egg
*1 teaspoon beef or chicken bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
*½ cup hot water
*Optional: Bacon bits, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese

 

Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
• Dissolve bouillon in hot water, add the rest of ingredients
• Knead dough until it forms a ball
• Roll out dough until ½ inch thick
• Slice pieces with a bone-shaped cookie cutter and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet
• Bake for 30 minutes

 


 

Pumpkin Balls

*½ cup canned pumpkin
*4 tablespoons molasses
*4 tablespoons water
*2 tablespoons vegetable oil
*2 cups whole wheat flour
*¼ teaspoon baking soda
*¼ teaspoon baking powder
*1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

 

Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
• Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil and water in a bowl
• Add whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture, stir until dough softens
• Roll small scoops of dough into balls
• Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, flatten with a fork
• Bake for 25 minutes, until dough is firm

 


 

Frozen Yogurt Peanut Butter Cups

*32 ounces plain or vanilla yogurt
*1 cup peanut butter (preferably unsalted and unsweetened)

Note: Check your peanut butter label to make certain it doesn’t contain xylitol, an ingredient which is toxic to dogs.

 

Directions:
• Melt peanut butter, combine with yogurt
• Pour mixture into ice cube trays
• Freeze mixture until firm (about a few hours)

 


 

Frozen PB&J Ice Cubes

*About 12 strawberries, washed and rinsed
*3 tablespoons peanut butter (preferably unsalted and unsweetened)
*¼ cup cold water

Note: Check your peanut butter label to make certain it doesn’t contain xylitol, an ingredient which is toxic to dogs.

 

Directions:
• Mix ingredients together, scoop into balls
• Freeze mixture until firm (about a few hours)

 

Recipes courtesy of Cesar’s Way and Pawsh Magazine.